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Huhanye Chanyu
Domain and influence of the Eastern Huns
Reignc. 59–31 BC
PredecessorWoyanqudi Chanyu
SuccessorFuzhulei Ruodi
DynastyModu Chanyu
FatherXulüquanqu Chanyu

Huhanye (Chinese: 呼韓邪), born Jihoushan, a Chanyu of the Xiongnu Empire, the son of Xulüquanqu Chanyu. He rebelled in 59 BC with the aid of Wushanmu and Woyanqudi Chanyu soon committed suicide, leaving the Xiongnu torn apart by factional strife. By 55 BC, only Huhanye and his brother Zhizhi Chanyu were left. Huhanye was defeated by Zhizhi in 51 BC and fled to the Han dynasty. Zhizhi also submitted to the Han the following year but declared independence in 48 BC once he saw that they favored his brother. Zhizhi moved further west to attack Fergana and the Wusun. In 43 BC, Huhanye moved back north. Zhizhi was killed by the Han at the Battle of Zhizhi in 36 BC, leaving Huhanye the uncontested leader of the Xiongnu. Huhanye died in 31 BC and was succeeded by his son Diaotaomogao.[1][2]


  1. ^ Whiting 2002, p. 177-178.
  2. ^ Barfield 1989, p. 74.


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Preceded by
Chanyu of the Xiongnu Empire
59–31 BC
Succeeded by
Fuzhulei Ruodi